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5 selfish reasons to be unselfish

In a world inundated with Internet users who are snapping “selfies” all day, the natural, altruistic human has taken an evident hit. We will notice we are surrounded by countless ways to help others when we look beyond ourselves. With more than 1.5 million non-profit organizations in the US, the various opportunities to give back to the community are limitless.

March 06, 2015 | Alexandra Foshee FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Living passionately, presently and purposefully

At times we may feel the need to “eat, pray and love” in a year-long pilgrimage to regain passion in our lives. But shifting our view of our daily do's can bring a level of passion to our lives we may not have realized.

March 06, 2015 | Connie Sokol KSL | Hot Topics


Transient star ‘recently’ passed by solar system, study says

ROCHESTER, New York — The solar system had a “close call” with a dim star about 70,000 years ago, according to a new study.

March 04, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Life-centered design improves lives through remodeling

Residential architecture is more than just making a house look pretty. Function is a critical feature of any home and must be given equal or even greater billing than aesthetics.

February 28, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: Lady Trent's search for dragons returns in 'Voyage of the Basilisk'

"VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK: A Memoir by Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons, Vol 3," by Marie Brennan, Tor Books, $25.99, 352 pages (f)

February 28, 2015 | Mike Whitmer Deseret News | Hot Topics


Cookbook review: 'Gluten-Free on a Budget' shares comfort foods

"GLUTEN-FREE ON A BUDGET," by Chandice Probst and Tana Besendorfer, Front Table Books, $21.99, 250 pages

February 26, 2015 | Andrea McDonald Deseret News | Hot Topics


Author Ransom Riggs draws inspiration from old photos for Peculiar Children series, sequel 'Hollow C

Ever since author Ransom Riggs was a child, he has loved collecting things. At first, it was baseball cards. Now an adult, he collects peculiar vintage photos, which he began accumulating about five years ago.

February 24, 2015 | Ginny Romney Deseret News | Hot Topics


New pictures of dwarf planet show ‘mysterious’ bright spots

PASADENA, Calif. — Researchers are closer than ever to seeing the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

February 22, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Adding curb appeal to your house

Real estate professionals say it time and time again: Curb appeal (or the lack thereof) can make or break a deal. They say potential buyers form their opinions about a given property within the first 15 seconds of viewing a house. Whether you are selling your house or not, curb appeal is important and can be a source of pride and satisfaction for a homeowner.

February 22, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


‘Fireball’ meteor lights up Pittsburgh sky in video

PITTSBURGH — A 500-pound meteor put on a show early Tuesday morning.

February 19, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Mysterious haze on Mars puzzles scientists

The discovery of an unusually large, hazy plume on Mars by amateur astronomers is now puzzling the experts.

February 19, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


16 images to celebrate the International Year of Light

Light is a powerful force in the universe.

February 19, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Book review: 'The Line That Divides' is a historical thriller, love story set in WWII

"THE LINE THAT DIVIDES: A World War II Novel," by Melanie Mason, Walnut Springs Press, $17.99, 229 pages (f)

February 18, 2015 | Micah Klug Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: Vandagriff's 'Exile' shares romance in pre-WWII Europe

"EXILE," by G.G. Vandagriff, The Orson Whitney Press, $12.99, 311 pages (f)

February 17, 2015 | Hikari Loftus Deseret News | Hot Topics


Selma is among holy places in America

There are places that are holy in American history. There is Gettysburg and Shiloh. Lexington and Concord are places where our country began. Ground Zero in Manhattan and a field in Pennsylvania need no explanation. To this list, Americans need to add Selma, Alabama.

February 12, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics


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Supernova’s dust could make thousands of Earths, NASA says

ITHACA, New York — Dust from supernova explosions survives to serve as "seed material" for new planets, according to a new study.

March 28, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Book review: 'The Lazarus Game' takes readers on a dangerous adventure in cyberspace

"THE LAZARUS GAME," by Stephen J. Valentine, Sweetwater Books, $19.99, 320 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

March 24, 2015 | Mike Whitmer Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Madness in Solidar' moves Imager Portfolio series ahead significantly

"MADNESS IN SOLIDAR: The Imager Portfolio, Vol. 9," by L.E. Modesitt Jr., Tor Books, $27.99, 464 pages (f)

March 23, 2015 | James Holt Deseret News | Hot Topics


Designing your own ultimate outdoor kitchen

The outdoor entertaining season is almost here. Even with the occasional spring showers, the pleasant weather lately is practically begging us to take dinner parties outside. It is hard to imagine spring and summer without a little outdoor cooking.

March 22, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Vanishing Girls' teaches about unbreakable family bonds

Author Lauren Oliver’s new young adult novel, "Vanishing Girls" (Harper, $18.99, ages 16 and up), is a psychological thriller that shares the importance of family.

March 22, 2015 | Maddie Swensen Deseret News | Hot Topics


Have You Seen This? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a snowmobile

EAST STUNTINGTON — When you think of something gracefully cutting through the sky, you might think of an eagle, the Blue Angels or maybe even Superman.

March 20, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Hot Topics


Astronomy lovers can protect the Earth from asteroids with free NASA program

AUSTIN, Texas — Amateur astronomers can help NASA “protect the planet” by becoming an asteroid data hunter.

March 20, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Seeing stars: The hidden danger of a concussion

Josh loved to play soccer. While normally a quiet nine-year-old, his competitive nature came out in full force when he hit the field. During a regular season game, he collided with an opposing player on the field. Despite the concerns of his coach, he insisted on staying in the game.

March 19, 2015 | Greg Osmond and Amy Osmond Cook FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Book review: 'The Cottage Park Puzzle' tugs at the heart

"THE COTTAGE PARK PUZZLE," by Richard M. Siddoway, Sweetwater Books, $14.99, 199 pages (f)

March 16, 2015 | Micah Klug Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Love Unexpected' shares a trio of clean romance stories

"LOVE UNEXPECTED: A Storybook Romance," by Melanie Jacobson, Jennifer K. Clark and Julie Daines, Covenant Communications, $13.99, 162 pages (f)

March 16, 2015 | Micah Klug Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: Detectives search for Holmes' greatest villain in 'Moriarty'

"MORIARTY," by Anthony Horowitz, Harper, $26.99, 304 pages (f)

March 16, 2015 | Cody K. Carlson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Attic Attack: When birds declare war on your family

Oh, spring. It’s a time of hope and renewal. A time of brilliance, birds, buds and bulbs. Spring is the time when you can get out, meet your neighbors again, feel the breeze and listen to the birds sing.

March 16, 2015 | Garth Haslem KSL | Hot Topics


This artist built a tank to give away free books, and he's part of a growing trend in advertising

Raul Lemesoff is so dedicated to the power of knowledge, he’s declared an all-out war on the presence of ignorance. His secret weapon? A 1979 Ford Falcon that he’s converted into a traveling library-tank. He calls it the Arma de Instruccion Masiva, or, Weapon of Mass Instruction.

March 12, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Hot Topics


Hundreds of galaxies collide, creating spectacular image

NEW MEXICO — Far away from Earth, the ongoing collision of dense galaxy clusters is creating a stunning show of radio waves.

March 12, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Hubble provides rare glimpse of young star

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A gorgeous image of a young star framed by a reflection nebula was recently captured by the Hubble Telescope.

March 10, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


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